Category Archives: Ethiopia


Two years ago we were united with Mastewal and Afton in Ethiopia.



Yesterday I was able to get out and do a snow walk. Keeping up with the plan, I put on my waterproof tennis shoes and new earwarmer headband and headed out.

In the afternoon I took Mastewal and Afton to see Tangled. We enjoyed it. We ate too much popcorn.

We had breakfast for dinner. Pancakes, eggs, sausage and hashbrowns.  It was a lot of food. We don’t usually have this much for a meal, but thought it would be fun-plus we were using some some food that we had from the holidays.

It was really low key day. I worked on my blog layout a little.  I really like this new template and found my perfect “bird” picture as the header.  The photo is from my last trip to Ethiopia. I intend on doing some more with the blog (adding links/deleting links, adding my last trip (May 2010) to Ethiopia, finishing up some other posts from my 2009 Ethiopia trip as well).

I ended my day watching Pretty Woman and The Soup on television and falling asleep.  This is how many days end around here. Always crashing from exhaustion.

Christmas Eve Pictures

Seven Quick Takes Friday#1

I’ve wanted to participate in this for a while. Here goes.  If you’d also like to participate go over to

1. We (me and the kids) traveled to Kentucky this evening. It was an uneventful ride, really….besides all the construction on 64 and people’s bright lights.  I guess I don’t enjoy driving at night.

2. While driving the ipod (seth’s) was on shuffle.  random.  can definitely tell that it’s seth’s ipod. for every one song there are two dave matthews songs. not that i don’t like dave matthews, but c’mon.

3. mastewal is getting her hair braided to the ponytail tomorrow. woot woot.

4. i have a thirty-one show at mcdowell place tomorrow. i  hope to reach my goal of 12 parties/orders by the end of this week (the 28th).

5. i’m dressing up as snow white for our preschool halloween parties on wednesday and thursday. i’m excited.

6. thought a lot about ethiopia on the ride to kentucky this evening. thought about supporting an orphanage as a non-profit, i don’t know. i’m so scatter-brained about the endless needs and opportunities there.

7. i ordered an africa cookie cutter. i plan to use if for many things. i’m going to try being crafty and make a little onesie with africa on it. we’ll see how that turns out.

whew. 7 things.


“Pick up your feet, because I’m steppin’ on toes today.” Jim Mike Ward, FBCW

ummm. you did. thankyouverymuch. seth asked me how it felt when i said that he had stepped on my toes.  i said he stomped on them and it felt wonderful.

i thought about many things during the service yesterday.  the message was about “what’s in you?” meaning what “comes out” when you are squeezed, tested…etc.  what comes out is what’s been going in. i have to say that the message really spoke to me and what’s been coming out of me since the adoptions.  whew. i also have admittingly not been putting the “good stuff” in. i have struggled with prayer and devotion and a relationship with god since bringing the children home. i’d like to say it’s because i haven’t had enough time, but really: i haven’t made time.  i have made time for other things: blog reading, facebook, internet, etc.  our pastor also gave a challenge: take the total amount of time that we spend on facebook/internet, etc. and spend one-tenth of that time in personal bible study with god.  what?  that seems so manageable. i honestly am not one to spend much time updating my status, but i do check it out to see what everyone else is posting. i do, however; frequently check my email.

so yesterday i tried to be more aware of how much time i was spending on the internet. it wasn’t too much, really. i did spend some time ordering a simply love t-shirt from so i can be entered to win a trip to ethiopia. i also made some other purchases did some browsing for birthday party ideas. at night i broke out my joyce meyer devotional (that i had purchased a while back because mary j. blige stated she carried it with her in her bag in a magazine that i read) while reading phillipians 4:19 i really tried to take time and let it sink in. i also did something that jim mike stated that we don’t do so much as anymore: memorize scripture. so i did it. i said it over and over with my eyes closed until i could repeat it without peeking 🙂  i also journaled for the first time in a long time–at least since my may trip to ethiopia. whew.  a lot of baby steps for one day.  and this was only step 1 of the 3 steps that were outlined in the message.

it also makes me wonder what other people took away from the message yesterday. i know there are many sundays that i hear what is going on and i have many other thoughts throughout the message—ranging from lists for birthdays to how i am going to get back to ethiopia this summer and i wonder if i am going to be able to find a place to rent—and am i able to narrow my focus so i can determine what i really want to be doing in ethiopia. maybe i wouldn’t have so much trouble if i gave it to god and stop trying to figure it out on my own.


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My Crazy Adoption


Thanks for the comments and emails regarding my last post. I am okay. It was nice to write a “real” post. I’ll try to keep it up.

My counselor has me journaling. I’ve actually kept a journal for a really long time, blogging took over for a while and know I’ve ventured back the pen and paper. In an attempt to clean my room last weekend I shifted my old journals around and got distracted and started reading some entries from 2002.

Several people have asked me “why Ethiopia”.  I don’t always have an answer that seems to be “the answer”.  I’ve just known I would adopt from there or be involved there, somehow.  I know there are millions of orphans and there is an AIDS crisis in Africa. I don’t know where the awareness came from or really where is started, I’ve just always had Ethiopia on my heart.

I have an answer now.

On October 9, 2002 I wrote this in my journal. “Just watched Bono and Christ Tucker. Lord, are you calling me to serve in Ethiopia?”

This is the first time I think I’ve seen Ethiopia in my journal.  I’ll have to keep looking back through older entries-but I’m pretty sure this is it.

Of course after reading this last weekend. I got on google and searched for Bono, Chris Tucker, October 2002.  I found some YouTube videos of MTV show that I’m certain that I watched. I can only find segments of it. It was one of the MTV Diary Shows called: Bono and Chris Tucker: Aiding Africa.

U2’s Bono, actor Chris Tucker and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill visit Africa, where they learn about the impact of poverty and AIDS.

Here’s a small clip of Ethiopia from the show.

So much to ponder here. Feeling a “call” from an MTV show. Ethiopia. AIDS. Still feeling the “call” 8 years later. Adopting an HIV+ child. Still feeling the “call”. Seeing other tragedies in other areas of the world, but not sensing the same feeling or “calling”as I have for Ethiopia.


Ethiopian Christmas Plan=Success

I got my new boots in the mail yesterday, right in time to head out the the store before the snow started.

The store was packed!

We got our groceries.

Got home-Myer and Afton played. Mastewal helped wash and tear the kale for gomen. I prepared the shiro and started to warm the injera.

We enjoyed our little celebration as planned.

It was a White Christmas!

We ended the celebration by getting our automated phone call that school would be canceled for Friday.  Cheers all around!